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The Dragline Kid: A Gold-Miner's Daughter from Hope, Alaska Finds Adventure in Kenai, Alaska, but Hits Pay-Dirt Outside

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ISBN-13: 978-0967898933
ISBN-10: 0967898935
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Hardscratch Pr (December 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967898935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967898933
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wendy Foster Dickson on January 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book by chance while on vacation in Alaska. I almost didn't buy it, but the picture on the cover was so adorable of the author as a child that I couldn't resist.

THE DRAGLINE KID is a memoir about a girl growing up in Alaska and how she overcame unforeseen obstacles to find success and happiness. The classic American story. Who says someone has to be famous for their life struggles to be worth reading. I am so bored by books about Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor. With all the recent talk of tragedy and terrorism, what an inspiration it is to read a unique American story about an "unfamous" person who simply tells it well. Her narration is so familiar, it is as if she is right there in front of you sharing her life; like an old friend or someone you should already know.

I especially recommend this book to anyone who grew up in remote or rural surroundings. They will identify with the author's innocence and sense of humor. It is also a great telling of life in territorial Alaska and a good read for anyone interested in Alaska history, pioneer life or women's history.
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Format: Paperback
While on a camping trip earlier this month, I picked this book up at the only bookstore in Hope, AK, (unaware of how much I would be personally moved.) From the minute I picked it up and started reading, I could not put it down. Mrs. Augustine's voice, talent for storytelling and sense of humor radiate throughout the stories. In addition to hilarious memories as well as the struggle and obstacles these early pioneers faced in Alaska, the book has accurate historical reflections on significant events and educational value. The icing on the cake was when I was finishing the book, sitting on the shore of Skilak Lake. I could not believe the synchronicity of reading about James Peterson's disappearance on that very lake! The next day I went for a short walk around the campground and came upon a bronze plate dedicated to his memory and dated 1955! What a way to end a story. I recommend this book to anyone but mostly to folks who plan to visit this part of Alaska. It truly is a remarkable story of an amazing woman and her relationships, trials, and coming of age. Thank you so much for sharing your personal story Mrs. Augustine.

ALSO: The pictures are a wonderful addition and treat.
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great book of growing up in Alaska in the early 1900's. Have read and shared with friends and family.
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